Stone Fireplace Advice

by | Sep 14, 2016 | Ledge Stone, Stacked Stone | 0 comments

You’ve probably browsed through hundreds of stone fireplace photos on Pinterest, and you’re trying to decide which style will best suit your home.

There are many considerations to think about such as:

– Size of the area- horizontally or vertically rectangular? Or square shaped?
– Type- wood or electric? Open or closed?
– The shape of the opening- square or circular?
– Personalization/ Ad ons- mirrors, shelving, television, mantel piece? Or leave it plain?
– Bottom finish to the fireplace – straight to the floor or a hearth?
– Positioning- corner of room or centre? Living room or bedroom?
– Location- indoors or outdoors? Facing one way or double sided?

We understand it’s a lot to think about! Unfortunately we can’t make the decision for you, as we all have different tastes and styles. We can however, give you some advice and help guide you through the decision making process.

Before you get started:
Material such as stone and adhesive can expand when heat is generated, such as that from a fireplace. For this reason it’s important to apply appropriate waterproofing and heat resistance to the structure before laying the stone/product.
Plasterboard cannot be used when applying to a fireplace area, so you will need to use cement sheeting or brickwork.
Ensure you look at the dimensions of the potential fireplace area, then decide which product will best suit the area.

For the country lifestyle:
A Ledge Stone fireplace gives that country rustic feel due to the chunky appearance of the stone. So if your house gives off that impression or is situated by the lovely country side then this fireplace type is perfect for you.
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For the modern/beach lifestyle:
Stacked stone has a more constrained look as the stone panels are thin and quite uniform in appearance. This stone type is suited towards a modern type of home or even that beach type of lifestyle.
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For the multi-tasker:
If you’re building a new home and space permits it, then why not consider exposing the back of the fireplace as a feature wall. A simple glass divider shows off the gorgeous front of the fireplace, while the back is prominently seen. This allows you to create two stand-out features in separate rooms for the same material.

For the decorator:
Personalising your fireplace to feature a mantel piece shelving is a great way to showcase family photos, candles or quirky little ornaments. Just remember it’s important to get the fittings in before the stone is applied. This ensures the mantel piece shelving is self-supporting.
A hearth is a great way to give a polished finished look to the fireplace, consider the colours in the stone fireplace and complement that with the material used for the hearth.

Here at DecoR Stone we’re always happy to help. To get in contact with us you can call us on 03 9888 9888, or email